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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scarfnoun

    a garment worn around the head or neck or shoulders for warmth or decoration

  2. scarf joint, scarfverb

    a joint made by notching the ends of two pieces of timber or metal so that they will lock together end-to-end

  3. scarfverb

    masturbate while strangling oneself

  4. scarfverb

    unite by a scarf joint

  5. scarfverb

    wrap in or adorn with a scarf


  1. scarfnoun

    A long, often knitted, garment worn around the neck.

  2. scarfnoun

    A headscarf.

  3. scarfnoun

    A type of joint in woodworking.

  4. scarfnoun

    A groove on one side of a sewing machine needle.

  5. scarfverb

    To throw on loosely; to put on like a scarf.

  6. scarfverb

    To dress with a scarf, or as with a scarf; to cover with a loose wrapping.

  7. scarfverb

    To eat very quickly.

    You sure scarfed that pizza.

  8. scarfverb

    To shape by grinding.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SCARFnoun

    Any thing that hangs loose upon the shoulders or dress.

    Etymology: escharfe, French.

    The matrons flung their gloves,
    Ladies and maids their scarfs and handkerchiefs,
    Upon him as he pass’d. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Will you wear the garland about your neck, or under your arm, like a lieutenant’s scarf? William Shakespeare.

    Iris there, with humid bow,
    Waters th’ odorous banks, that blow
    Flowers of more mingled hew
    Than her purfled scarf can show. John Milton.

    Titian, in his triumph of Bacchus, having placed Ariadne on one of the borders of the picture, gave her a scarf of a vermilion colour upon a blue drapery. Dryden.

    The ready nymphs receive the crying child;
    They swath’d him with their scarfs. Dryden.

    My learned correspondent writes a word in defence of large scarves. Spectator.

    Put on your hood and scarf, and take your pleasure. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Scarfverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    My sea-gown scarft about me, in the dark
    Grop’d I to find them out. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    How like a younker, or a prodigal,
    The scarfed bark puts from her native bay,
    Hugg’d and embraced by the strumpet wind! William Shakespeare.

    Come, seeling night,
    Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. Scarf

    Scarves or scarfs are long pieces of fabric worn on or around the neck, shoulders, or head. This piece of fabric is used for warmth, sun protection, cleanliness, fashion, religious reasons, or to show support for a sports club or team. They can be made from various materials such as wool, linen, silk, or cotton. It is a common type of neckwear and a perennial accessory.


  1. scarf

    A scarf is a piece of fabric, often long and narrow, worn around the neck or head for warmth, cleanliness, fashion, or religious reasons. They can be made from various different materials such as silk, wool, linen, or cotton and come in numerous patterns and colors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scarfnoun

    a cormorant

  2. Scarfnoun

    an article of dress of a light and decorative character, worn loosely over the shoulders or about the neck or the waist; a light shawl or handkerchief for the neck; also, a cravat; a neckcloth

  3. Scarfverb

    to throw on loosely; to put on like a scarf

  4. Scarfverb

    to dress with a scarf, or as with a scarf; to cover with a loose wrapping

  5. Scarfverb

    to form a scarf on the end or edge of, as for a joint in timber, metal rods, etc

  6. Scarfverb

    to unite, as two pieces of timber or metal, by a scarf joint

  7. Scarfnoun

    in a piece which is to be united to another by a scarf joint, the part of the end or edge that is tapered off, rabbeted, or notched so as to be thinner than the rest of the piece

  8. Scarfnoun

    a scarf joint

  9. Etymology: [Sw. skarfva to eke out, to join together, skarf a seam, joint; cf. Dan. skarre to joint, to unite timber, Icel. skara to clinch the planks of a boat, G. scharben to chop, to cut small.]


  1. Scarf

    A scarf, also known as a muffler, or neck-wrap is a piece of fabric worn around the neck, or near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or for religious reasons. They can come in a variety of different colours.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scarf

    skärf, n. a light decorative piece of dress worn loosely on the shoulders or as a band about the neck: a light handkerchief for the neck: a cravat:—pl. Scarfs, Scarves (obs.).—v.t. to cover, as if with a scarf.—adj. Scarfed, decorated with pendants.—ns. Scarf′-pin, an ornamental pin worn in a scarf; Scarf′-ring, an ornamental ring through which the ends or a scarf are drawn. [A.S. scearfe, a piece; Dut. scherf, a shred.]

  2. Scarf

    skärf, v.t. to join two pieces of timber endwise, so that they may appear to be used as one: to flay the skin from a whale.—n. in carpentry, a joint whose ends are united so as to form a continuous piece.—ns. Scar′fing; Scarf′ing-machine′, a machine for shaving the ends of leather belting to a feather edge; Scarf′-joint, a joint made by overlapping two pieces of timber that will fit each other; Scarf′-loom, a figure loom for weaving fabrics. [Scand., Sw. skarf, Norw. skarv, a joint; cf. Ger. scherben, to cut small; conn. with shear, v.]

  3. Scarf

    skärf, n. the cormorant—(Scot.) Scart, Skart. [Ice. skarfr.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. scarf

    In heraldry, a small ecclesiastical banner suspended from the top of a crozier.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scarf in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scarf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of scarf in a Sentence

  1. President Donald Trump:

    My feeling is, if people want to do it, there's certainly no harm to it. I would say do it, but use a scarf if you want, you know ? Rather than going out and getting a mask or whatever.

  2. Gregory Morey-Parker:

    He is one of the highest elected officials in the country. He is responsible for making the laws. Yes, I do miss my stone check Burberry scarf, but at the same time it’s why I feel like they’re not focusing enough on the issues at hand, where did all this money come from to finance the campaign…the whole thing is quite bewildering to me.

  3. Gina Morello:

    When I saw Western women... they just had the abayas( long cloaks) on and no head scarf.

  4. Health Minister Olivier Veran:

    They take a while to make but they offer security. I prefer that to telling French people to put a scarf around their nose or make a mask from a T-shirt.

  5. Tyler Hughes:

    At the time, I didn’t even realize my decision to use the scarf as a tourniquet was so crucial – I was on auto-pilot.

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